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Commodore's Corner - November 2011

Commodores Corner by his Excellency Commodore Bill Olson…




“The legend lives on from Sopchoppy on down, about the big bay they call Appalachee . . .


. . .Appalachee it’s said…” OK enough of the fake Gordon Lightfoot, but it does raise a point. We have reached that time of year when the cold fronts get stronger and the high pressure systems park themselves up north of us, resulting in offshore winds and colder temperatures. So what are you going to do? Fortunately the windtalker is alive and well and running on solar power again! Thanks to Lee Chapin for making that happen. So now we can call up and get real time readings of wind and temperature and time those surgical strikes to be at the beach when the wind is blowing the right way (if you can tell compass directions by degrees).

You can try hitting the road to find somewhere else with wind. The Atlanta Fall Classic (see photos) was a blast, both the racing and the party. We actually had wind on Friday and Saturday and I learned first -hand how much a board rails up when the centerboard is all the way down on a reach. A great job was done by Chris, Jim, Pam, and Sherry to provide such an enjoyable event. A large contingent from SPSC made the trip up north, and some actually won trophies!

You can always find other diversions on land. The club Christmas Party and Festivus will happen next month on the same weekend, so be ready! The Keys trip is not that far away, so you can always start planning for the southerly migration.

Me, I’m doing it all so I will be ready for next spring and the reconnection with the cosmic thread.


Respectfully submitted, W.D. Olson, Commodore

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The New Windy

As many of you know, the new Windy is not from these parts. S/he doesn’t know North from South and couldn’t sing NSEW Festoons worth a damn. She would be singing “0, 180, 90, 270 Festoons” and it just wouldn’t work. However, she is now part of the club and we must welcome her. The attached picture is that of a compass with BOTH numeric and alpha examples of direction. All I can say is get with it. This is a progressive club, so direction can be given both ways. Just remember, North=0, East=90, South=180, and West=270. If you have no idea how many degrees there are in a circle, or if you only think of degrees in regards to the temperature outside, don’t tell anybody. If Windy says the wind is two two zero degrees, she means 220 degrees which is SW. Just remember the major ones of North, East, South, and West, and if the number she says is in between two of them, you figure it out from there. Besides, if it’s been blowing 20 for the last hour, does it really matter if it’s one two one or two four seven? I didn’t think so.



The 2011 Endless Summer Sailboard Classic Novice Fleet Chronicle

Submitted by race captain Tina Mazanek (see photos)

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Novice Fleet-Overall

1. Lenie Sinke 11 points
1. Eberhard Roeder 11 points
2. Alex Birkovsky 14 points
3. Colbi King 20 points
4. Frank Finchum 36 points
4.5 Adam Bennett 39 points

Novice Fleet-Female Class

1. Lani Sinkie
2. Colby King

Novice Fleet-Male Class

1. Eberhard Roeder
2. Alex Birkovsky
3. Frank Finchum
3.5 Adam Bennett

There were six racers in this year’s Novice Fleet (also known as C Fleet). Five of them sailed club equipment they used during our summer lessons program! I am very proud of all of them. They had fun, learned a lot and didn’t mutiny!

Saturday was a challenging race day for all. There was plenty of wind, however, it was from the north (off shore) and the tide was low low low with a strong current. The only available sailing territory was in the channel. Perry Morris and John Gilbert (using the Chapin’s Carolina Skiff aka committee boat) set a perfect course for us. The start and finish line were the same, located in front of our always enthusiastic Novice Fleet fans. The rounding mark was to the west with the fleet sailing a reach along the shore line. If a sailor got blown downwind, they’d end up at the edge of the channel at the flats, not Alligator Point.

We unloaded the equipment from our training trailer and matched equipment up to sailors. The rig was theirs for the weekend with which to race and practice. During his pre-race practice, Adam was on the Alligator Point path. John and Perry drove to him and he and Perry swapped places. Adam got a boat ride to shore and Perry sailed the board back.

Eberhard took the first bullet and the crowd cheered, more cheers for Lenie as she took second. However, the battle for third brought the crowd to their feet as Colbi finished ahead of Alex-their boards inches apart. Adam finished but was overpowered and went to swap for a smaller sail.

Colbi placed first in the next heat and looked like a pro as she crossed the finish line. I think this is the heat that Alex had major issues because he sailed without his centerboard. Adam used every bit of energy to get back and once onshore, he was done done done.

Lenie took first in the third heat. We think she did it because she was getting cold and wanted to get off the water! She also used her well known strategy of swimming her board around the mark (faster than sailing it sometimes). Frank joined the fleet as well, using the rig Adam no longer needed.

Alex was the first place finisher in the 4th heat. He raced like a flash-the centerboard was back! All finished the heat and then took a well deserved break.

The spirit of the fleet was evident in the fifth heat. It was another first for Leni with Eberhard second. And this is where it gets tricky. Colbi had gotten caught in the current and wisely took a short boat ride toward shore while Perry sailed her board back on the course. He handed the board off to her, hopped back into the boat and took off to see about Frank. Colbi walked her board across the finish line. Now in C Fleet this is perfectly acceptable…an initial third place for Colbi, but wait, Frank was determined to sail back and 30 minutes later he finished. I scored Frank as third and Colbi as fourth (fourth still beats a “did not finish” in this fleet). And by the way, Frank was done for the day.

The wind shifted more out of the west so John and Perry moved the mark for us. This was a tired group, but the four racers who started also finished this 6th and last heat of the day. Another first for Eberhard with Alex and Lenie close by. Colbi sailed a long time and when she finished the crowd was cheering and on their feet again! Rigs were placed on shore and comments of sore muscles, new bruises and race strategies were shared.

Sunday morning brought more shared comments about sore muscles and bruises. But this was a proud group; they were happy to be there, try new strategies and ready to sail! Wind and water conditions were about the same as Saturday, so it was easy to figure out what course to set. Adam was on duty at the beer truck but the rest of the fleet was able to complete their 7th heat before the wind fell off.

As I mentioned, scoring is flexible for the Novice Fleet. Seven heats were completed and each sailor got to throw away the score of their worst heat. (Initially Adam and Frank were scored as a team, but they ended up being scored individually.) These are shown to the left.

THANK YOUS TO: Windhan Graves and Commodore Bill Olson who were our race rabbits, Tracy Priest and her friend who handled flags and were in training for horn duty, Bob Graves-whose computer-generated score results matched my scribble, our support team of Perry Morris and John Gilbert, the Chapin’s for use of their skiff AND all those who helped with the lesson program. See ya next year!

Fall Classic Regatta From a First Timer

by Leah Chapin

There was a nip of fall in the air on Lake Lanier when 21 of our SPSC family arrived on Friday afternoon for the Lake Lanier Sailing Clubs Fall Classic. What a wonderful place! The sailing venue was great and the facilities were perfect. SPSC provided the usual tasty spread for Friday evening complete with a round of Manhattans.

Everyone awakened Saturday morning to crisp air, colorful leaves, warm water, a tasty regatta breakfast and good sailing wind. Chris Voith put together a really great regatta agenda and eleven of our SPSC sailors hit the water. The Franklin’s filled their yacht with cheering SPSC fans and the Atlanta journal photographer. Races run by a wonderful committee equipped with every known racing flag in the sailing world. Really good winds filled the day with competitive races. A break between races was taken for a good regatta lunch at the LLSC clubhouse.

The evening, with jackets to fend off the cool temperature, started with a great barbeque, tunes by BobbyG and ended with the SPSC faithful showing the LLSC race committee how to party the evening away. Along the way through the evening the SPSC kids, Matthew & Gavin, gave the South Carolinian guys a run for their money on the Foosball table.

Sunday morning started with another LLSC breakfast and no wind, but sitting on the bluff in front of the LLSC property waiting for wind was fun with the race committee passing around a mini-keg of beer. The wind finally appeared and a final race was run complete with a cannon start, light wind and the Franklin yacht full of cheering fans. Chris Voith held a great trophy presentation, the SPSC ladies swept all three places and Chris Graves taking 1st overall in his division and Chris McMahon taking home third. There were many great door prizes with SPSC garnering their share handed them by Gavin and Matthew. The afternoon was filled with derigging, packing up and the trip home to Tallahassee. Some folks lingered and were treated to a “3-hour tour” around the lake on the Franklin yacht. Monday the fun ended and the rest of us had to return home to the real world.

Thanks to Chris Voith and the rest of his LLSC crew for a wonderful experience in a beautiful place!



Race Results

Endless Summer Sailboard Classic 2011
Open
1st place Dave Stanger (8pts)
2nd place Chris Voith (11pts)
3rd place Dan Olivier (18pts)

Novice men
1st place Eberhardt Roeder (11pts)
2nd place Alex Birkovsky (14pts)
3rd place Frank Finchum (36pts)

Novice women
1st place Lani Sinke (11pts)
2nd place Colby King (20pts)

Sport Fleet
1st place Gerry Myers (8pts)
2nd place Bob Graves (20pts)
3rd place Linda Downey (25pts)

Atlanta Fall Classic 2011 Race Results
Open
1st place Kurt Schumaker (5pts)
2nd place David Stanger (7pts)
3rd place Kevin Osburn (11pts)

Overall Sport Fleet
1st place Chris Graves(6pts)
2nd place Scott Spreen (9pts)
3rd place Randy Falkenberg(20pts)

Sport Men Light
1st place Chris Graves(6pts)
2nd place Scott Spreen(9pts)
3rd place Randy Falkenberg(20pts)

Sport Men Medium
1st place William Herderich(20pts)
2nd place Chris McMahon (25pts)
3rd place Richard Genet(37pts)

Sport Men Heavy
1st place John Jordan (9pts)
2nd place Martin Gutting(43pts)
3rd place Gerry Myers(56pts)

Sport Women
1st place Linda Downey
2nd place Julea Williams
3rd place Donna McMahon

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Endless Summer





Atlanta Fall Classic



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October 11th Club Meeting

Meeting called to order at 7:38. 13 people present. For those who don’t attend these meetings, try to come once in a while. They can be fun and productive. Nominations and elections are over, so you have nothing to worry about.

With a Cheshire like grin, Bill announced that there were ONLY 3 things left on the calendar; Christmas party, Festivus, and the Keys trip, which should actually be on next year’s calendar.

Minutes were approved. Bob G. needs to publish race results.

Training reported that it was a great year. We had full classes all summer long as well as 8 to 10 new members in the club. Bob thanked all those who helped with the lessons and would like more people involved. If we had more people involved, we may have been able to train more. Bob has a plan to de-rig everything on October 30th at 2pm. He mentioned the need for a 400 mast. We got another board donated by Neils from Jacksonville.

Need a new training coordinator for next year as Bob A. will be putting on the mantle of Commodore. Bill asked questions about how to run training.

Purser reported we had money in the check book with money still coming in and going out. We emptied 7 kegs and 4 Shock Top kegs at the Endless Summer.

(Jacque left, down to 12 present)

Wright thanked Café Donaldo’s of Tokyo, New York, and Crawfordville, for a $428 donation, Leah Chapin for her $500 donation and Native Tikis for their donation of $200. Wright is hoping to have awards shortly for those who contributed greatly.
Bill thanked Wright for all his work.

We had 80 people registered, 101 shirts sold, and sold 95 dinners for the Endless Summer.

Windy is up and operational. Thanks to Lee for staying with it and to Perry for climbing the tower to connect her up.

Bob A. talked about his research on Davis instruments wind equipment. We would need a DSL link for another $20 to $25 a month and the device would cost $450. Lots of discussions ensued. Talk about smart phones, computers, regular phones, other wind devices in the area, etc. Perry mentioned he would be willing to pay higher dues to install. Wright pointed out that Lee’s solutions for a wind talker have been free to the club. As is typical in these meetings, some of the conversation got a bit silly about using neighbors’ wireless routers to gain access. Everyone agreed to keep the discussion alive.

Bill asked about elections. Statements that they were rigged were no longer valid. This is Rick Scott's Florida, we vote and count them as we see fit.

Tina motioned to adjourn at 8:29 with a second by Perry. All other 10 people were in favor.



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